Amy got up on her soapbox about an issue that's been bugging me for a while. I decided my comment to her was worth it's own post in this space. (edited a little for grammar/clarity)
I was talking with a friend about my discomfort with the Triathlete magazine swimsuit issue. My friend was of the "Power to them and their athleticism" school of thought. I couldn't clarify what pissed me off about the cover.
Then I laid out my eight months of Triathlete magazine on the floor to show her other covers. She changed her mind, and I decided not to renew my subscription!
The covers were as follows:
- Dec '06 - Robin Williams & Rudy Garcia (both men, in race gear, standing facing the camera)
- Jan '07 - Norman Stadler (man, in race gear, standing with his bike, facing the camera)
- Feb '07 - Craig Alexander (man, in race gear, racing action shot)
- Feb '07 Kona/Clearwater special edition - Craig Alexander (man, in race gear, racing action shot)
- Mar '07 - Katya Meyers (woman, in race gear, racing action shot)
- Apr '07 - Fernanda Keller (woman, in a bikini, sideways to the camera and show a lot of leg)
- May '07 - Andrew Hannan (man, in run gear, running action shot)
- Jun '07 - Maxine Bahns (woman, in a bikini, in a pose that I can't objectively describe other than as overtly sexual)
- Jul '07 - Oliver Marceau (man, in race gear, racing action shot)
What pisses me off is that the last two times a woman made the cover her pose and clothing had little to do with triathlon, athleticism or anything positive but is sexually provocative. They're using sex to sell, and that's not what triathlon is to me. I've looked at back issues and the sexed-up women on the cover seems to be a new thing, hopefully not a trend.